Day two of the Souths Cares Oral Health Campaign roadshow, took them further south on the NSW coast to Bodalla where they educated more than 300 students on the importance of good oral health hygiene.
Students from both Bodalla and Narooma public schools came together to meet the Rabbitohs, improve their but more importantly learn about good dental care and hygiene.
Accompanied by four Rabbitohs NRL squad members and three former Rabbitoh legends, Souths Cares took their “Clean well, Drink well!” message to the school communities to raise awareness of good oral health and hygiene.
In partnership with the NSW Centre for Oral Health Strategy, Colgate and the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, Souths Cares ensured the students were given the opportunity to attend the educational oral health session and have their teeth checked.
Souths Cares Mentor, Rhys Wesser, said the children from both schools were attentive and engaged throughout the sessions.
“All the students were well behaved, answered questions accurately and demonstrated their new awareness on better ways to eat well, drink well, brush well, play well and stay well,” he said.
“During the sessions, the students listened to motivational talks from Rabbitohs Beau Champion and Aaron Gray.
“The students asked a number of questions of them including how they stay fit, active and healthy."
Souths Cares were also lucky enough to have the support of Rabbitohs Dylan Walker, Alex Johnston, Matt King and Mario Fenech.
“A majority of the students recognised all of our Rabbitohs which goes to show just how crucial role models are in reinforcing positive health messages to young people.”
Following the oral health sessions the students joined the Rabbitohs Family on the schools playing fields, participating in a Macquarie Sports Football Clinic.
Rhys said that with the assistance of the NRL, students from school communities participated in the clinics which are designed to suit children of all ages and experience levels.
“Children can begin playing competitive Rugby League from as young as six years of age and junior teams typically range from Under 6s through to Under 18s,” Rhys said.
“At the Macquarie Sports Football Clinics younger kids will have the fundamentals of the game such as catching, passing and kicking, reinforced while the older students will work on more developed skills.”
Rhys said that tomorrow the Souths Cares team will be heading to Queanbeyan to engage a further 300 students from the surrounding area.
“Tomorrow is out last day on the road but we are really looking forward to meeting the school communities in Queanbeyan and educating them on good oral hygiene,” he concluded.